Member of the Ermine Street Guard, standing outside a modern replication of a Roman leather tent.
Next in command to a centurion. Optios carried wax tablets on which they could write passwords and o
Member of the Ermine Street Guard. The picture shows how well his head and shoulders were protected.
His spear was called a pilum.
A centurion was in charge of a century made up of 80 legionary soldiers. His equipment was very dif
He wore medals on his chest, awarded for bravery in battle.
His equipment was very different so his men could quickly find him in battle. He carried a vine sti
Reproduction Roman sword (gladius)
Reproduction Roman dagger (pugio).
They could march twenty miles a day carrying heavy equipment - and then build a camp for the night!
Members of the Ermine Street Guard
The Optio (right) is giving his men their orders for the day. He is reading these orders from a wax
Soldiers and their pila
Roman soldiers marching behind their standard bearers.
Roman soldiers were well protected behind their curved shields. They could dish out a nasty blow wit
The Ermine Street Guard at Caerleon Roman Amphitheatre.
Re-enactment at Caerleon
When a detachment was sent out they took a vexillum, a flag type standard. This showed which Legion
left When a detachment was sent out they took a vexillum, a flag type standard. This showed which L
left The vexillarius carrying the vexillum. centre The cornicen carrying the cornu. right The sign
The Ermine Street Guard about to break into a charge...
The Ermine Street Guard in full charge.
Members of the Roman Military Research Society.
With the aid of this saddle the rider could carry a shield with one hand and a weapon in the other a
Using a cleverly designed saddle the rider could carry a shield with one hand and a weapon in the ot
Roman legionary leather tent for eight men - a contubernium - Latin for 'tenting together'.
Member of the gladiator re-enactment group Ars Dimicandi at Caerleon Roman Amphitheatre.
Members of the gladiator re-enactment group Ars Dimicandi at Caerleon Roman Amphitheatre.
Arrow heads for different purposes. Roman archers stuck their arrows in the ground by their sides. T
Members of the Vicus Re-enactment Group at Caerleon.
Member of the Vicus Re-enactment Group at Caerleon
The Ermine Street Guard fire their catapult at the targets on the opposite side of the Roman Arena C
Member of the Ermine Street Guard - off duty.